Article submitted by Tim Wills, President - Rotary Club of Drouin
On a smoke-filled Monday morning in January, thirteen Drouin Rotarians/partners, our Assistant Governor Peter Dell and Sally Dell (Rotary Club of Warragul), four Drouin Lions and five Ambulance Victoria Officers (on leave) commenced the process of de-badging, sorting and boxing the hundreds of items of second-hand uniforms donated by service members from across Victoria. And there is a mountain of them.
Over seventy hours of service were spent in this first effort...and most participants took a box of items home for later consideration. Two Rotarians spent six hours de-badging shirts that night ... another 12 hours!
Rotary's 'Donations-in-Kind' will be pleased to accept and dispatch these items overseas. The Ambulance Victoria group will send the sky-blue shirts to a school in Nepal, while the jumpers will go to a Lions project in the Sudan. And that too is just the start.
Sally was pleased to take charge of a box of crocheted rugs that somehow found themselves in the mountain of donations. She will see them off to Central Australia, as part of the wider ‘End Trachoma’ project.
This opportunity for service will be going on for some time, so any clubs that would like to help with the de-badging should contact the Rotary Club of Drouin’s President, Tim Wills, through
Any and all help will be gratefully received.